Recently, I posted pro-life comments on an article about a celebrity who said that he and his girlfriend were “eternally grateful” that Planned Parenthood was there for them to help them kill their first child. In my comments, I mentioned God had made this unique child in His image and that – despite the fact that the man and the woman later married and had several more children – their first unborn child would never live on earth; they would never be able to recreate this special child.
One response to my comment was, “Oh no, a Jesus Freak”.
If you don’t believe you will die or if you believe when we die there is nothing after this life, you and I have no common ground; but I will, as I have for over fifty years, study your position and invite you to study mine. A note: I have been where you are and I have called others “Jesus freaks,” “fools for Christ,” and worse. I do not do that anymore. Nor do I blame you for calling me such.
I have had some minor honors over seventy years, some insignificant accolades, and I have a granddaughter who calls me “precious;” but – perhaps unwittingly – you have paid me the highest compliment I have ever received. No one has ever gifted me as you have. You have given me the name “Jesus,” a name that I believe upon hearing, every knee on earth and in heaven should bend; and you have called me “freak,” which I interpret as “fool,” “blessed,” – in the sense of “bless his heart,” i.e. “bless his little feebleminded heart”, or just plain “nuts.” I am not being sarcastic or antagonistic when I say thank you. I do this prayer deal with people- I will pray for you and yours and you pray for me and mine. I need the prayers.
If we never meet, I hope we meet in heaven. God bless you, B, and always hold you safe in the palm of His hand.
Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas
The Name of Names
I meant what I told her. There is no name more sacred, more holy, more to be honored, more to be revered, than the name of Jesus. I am not worthy to bear His name.
“He humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:8-11)
As for the “freak” part of my new appellation, that too is a compliment.
Being a freaky fool for Christ is not to clown around or to act silly or stupid; but to focus, in the eyes of the world foolishly, on doing what needs to be done here so that you end up with God in that “other” world, heaven. This is the “foolishness” which St. Paul, inspired by God, speaks about to the Corinthians:
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18)
Best Of Bestsellers
I thought I could write some new best sellers, especially since I am now a certified, foolish “Jesus Freak”: The Freak’s Complete Guide To All Things Jesus, Jesus Fools for Dummies, and The Top 10 Things Fools Need To Know About Being A Jesus Freak; but then I realized God has already inspired His own version in the New Testament; and I could not improve on St. Paul:
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God . . . Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor 18, 22-25)
Throughout the Gospels, the Book of Acts, and the Epistles of the New Testament, the message is clear: because Christians focus on something other than the pleasures, power, and possessions of this world, by this world’s standards they are deemed to be utterly foolish. If ever there was a holy fool for Christ it was St. John Marie Vianney. He summed up what this foolishness meant in this way:
“The eyes of the world see no further than this life, but the eyes of the Christian see deep into eternity.”
Attack The Freak, Not His Truth
The person who called me a “Jesus Freak” chose to address me personally, and to ridicule me, rather than to try to rebut what I had said. In classical logic, this is called an “ad hominem” attack or an “argumentum ad hominem;” i.e. an argument “against the man” instead of an argument against a position he takes. Whether or not I am a Jesus Freak has nothing to do with the truth of the statement that the celebrity to whom I referred and his wife will not be “eternally grateful” that they killed their first child.
Arguments ad hominem, and the ridicule form of them are the way that radicals, revolutionaries, and totalitarians deal with an inconvenient truth that hurts their efforts to gain, maintain, and increase power. This is the crux of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, No. 5:
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule.”
A good example of this is ad hominem arguments against, and the ridiculing of, the positions of orthodox Catholic believers rather than addressing the truth they espouse, which usually also happen to be the positions of the Church.
Freak? Muchas Gracias!
When someone “insults and hates you” because you follow Jesus and proclaim His word, it is a sure sign that that person cannot rebut the truth and does not want you to publish it. To paraphrase the words of Colonel Jessep (played by Jack Nicholson) in the movie A Few Good Men, they cannot handle the truth.
When you get called a “holy fool,” a “Jesus Freak,” or a “fool for Christ,” rejoice, rejoice always, give thanks to God, because you will know that what you have said is true, that you have spoken God’s truth to evil power, and that such power cannot overcome His truth.